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Zero Cool by John Lange
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Zero Cool

by John Lange

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In 1967, American radiologist Peter Ross takes a vacation to the south of Spain, where he meets a beautiful woman on a beach and finds himself swept up in a gang war over a precious artifact.
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    Easy Go by Michael Crichton (alaskayo)
    alaskayo: The most fun of the pseudonymous John Lange novels, and sadly--o so sadly--out of print. A hell of a lot better than Zero Cool.
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This was ok for what it was. A quick light pulp adventure. Some ok plot twists and lots of intrigue. If you want a pulp story and it doesn't have to be good, just scratch the itch. This is it. ( )
  Vulco1 | Oct 12, 2018 |
A Curio book - John Lange being a pen named used by Michael Crichton in the 60's. Like the other half dozen I've already read it is a good time passer, but this one had two glaring ...inconsistencies?
Toward the end of the novel the author tries to pull off a standard 'you think its one person but its really another!' switch, but it just feels botched. The second problem is the framing device used - the novel has an intro and outro as a fantastic story being told by a grandfather to a grandson - but the outro makes specific reference to DVD's?? There is no mention on the copyright page of any update to the text so....What the Hell? Was it added later and not copyrighted, was it an update from an older phrase like 8-track that was un-credited? If so, who made the change? And what else has been altered in the book?? ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Absolute HCC thriller with bare plot and characters, but fun to spend a day or so reading. ( )
  Prop2gether | Jun 5, 2014 |
Another early Crichton published under his John Lang pseudonym. As usual, it's vaguely entertaining and yet utterly implausible. He starts with a decent noir framework but then piles on a ridiculous number of plot twists that leave me wanting something simpler. The prologue and epilogue may have been added by him when Hard Case reissued this in 2006. ( )
  wjohnston | Feb 1, 2014 |
As described very well by other LibraryThing reviewers, this is a silly book -- a quick read, but even those few hours constitute a waste of time. I generally trust Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai's taste, but sometimes he does let me down. It is also curious that there is no indication given that this is a slightly updated version of the text, augmented by the contemporary "video interview" sections mentioned by Baviv. Were there any other changes made? The reprint is therefore suspect from a scholarly point of view, whereas in the past I have always felt I could trust Hard Case Crime's bibliographic integrity. ( )
  PatrickMurtha | Dec 24, 2010 |
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